Sunday 3 April 2011
Tune of the Day: He Shall Feed His Flock
from Handel's “Messiah”, arranged for flute and piano
This gentle, flowing double aria for alto and soprano is taken from Handel's celebrated oratorio Messiah. In the original setting, the alto sings the first half in F major, and then the soprano takes over in B-flat for the second half. This simple and beautiful aria is appropriate for Easter, Christmas or any sacred concert or service focusing on the figure of the Messiah.
It is speculated that the first portion of the melody is based on a 17th-century Italian carol, “Canzone d'i zampognari”.
Thanks to Nada for suggesting this piece!